Art Programs for People with Dementia
Memories in the Making® is an art program for people with dementia that was developed 25 years ago by two artists working with the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The program is now offered by some 20 chapters of the Association nationwide.
In weekly, one hour art sessions, people with Alzheimer’s disease or related forms of dementia use watercolor paints to create personal works of art. An artist facilitator trained in the Memories in the Making® method conducts the sessions with the help of care staff and volunteers. Bypassing the need for planning, knowing or learning new skills, MIM allows people with memory loss the opportunity to express themselves and see the results of their efforts take form before their eyes.
Researchers believe that creativity is important to individuals’ sense of well being and that the parts of the brain involved in creative pursuits may remain relatively intact after other functions have diminished. For many with dementia, art becomes a means of telling stories, communicating emotions and recalling lost memories. Others enjoy the sensation of seeing the shapes, lines and colors flow from the brush. For most, it is an engaging and enjoyable activity when other avenues for creating, communicating and experiencing pleasure are lost.
The Alzheimer’s Association helps care staff bring Memories in the Making® to their communities by training them to be facilitators, supplying art materials and organizing opportunities to share the works of art. The painters in the program often create beautiful works of art that are included in exhibitions or reproduced as calendars and note cards, helping the Alzheimer’s Association promote awareness of the disease. More important than the finished product, however, is the process of finding a means of self-expression through art and enhancing the quality of life for those suffering from dementia.
For more information about Memories in the Making®, to host the program at your site or to volunteer to assist with the classes, contact Lisa Buck at 817.336.4949 or 800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer's Association periodically offers Memories in the Making Training Workshops for anyone interested in becoming a facilitator. Similar to the on-site training sessions offered to care communities hosting MIM, the two-hour workshop covers the history, philosophy and benefits of MiM, plus guidelines and tips for successfully conducting the art making sessions and a chance to try out the art materials. The training is a perfect way for volunteers and new staff at communities that already host MIM to learn how to make the program a success.
The next MIM Facilitator Training Workshop is:
Wednesday, May 21, 10 am to 2:30 pm
3201 South Mills St.
Abilene, TX 76905
The special MIM facilitor training session in Abilene is not just for those interested in starting Memories in the Making in their communities, but for all those seeking continuing education hours for activity staff or social workers. The session includes four hours continuing education for activity professionals; Cost is $40 per person. For those wishing to start MIM, the cost is $425 and includes the box of supplies with for art materials for 8 participants and everything else needed to run the program. Download a flyer here. Download registration form here. Call Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch and refreshments donated by
Exhibitions of paintings created by participants in MIM showcase the paintings created by participants of the Memories in the Making Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Katherine, Autumn Leaves, 2013. Lakewood Village Senior Living Community. Katherine, who has a college degree in chemistry and taught high school math, says she was never an artist. She was a long time member of the Fort Worth Camera Club, always dressed well and liked to decorate.
Beyond Memory: Paintings by People with Dementia
Opening Party and Auction Kick-Off
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5 to 8 pm
Exhibition on view through January 25
UTArlington/Fort Worth Campus
1401 Jones Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Gallery entrance located at south end on Jones
Limited parking available in the front and back of building
Heart. Mind. Hand.
Paintings by People with Dementia
Co-presented with the UNT-HSC Healthy Aging CouncilFebruary 1 through 28, 2013
UNT Health Science Center
Carl E. Everett Building
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
View paintings here
Click on image to view caption
Joy, "Music" Autumn Leaves of Cityview
Persistence of Self:
Paintings by People with Dementia
February 3 through 28
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Fort Worth, TX 76107
View paintings here. Click on image to view caption
Nona, "The Baby and its Playthings" Sunrise Assisted Living of Fort Worth
Read here about the Fall 2011 research
|November 5 to November 28, 2012||
Visible Voices: Paintings by People with Memory Loss
June 3 to July 31, 2010
Magic of the Moment: Paintings by People with Memory Loss
September 25 to October 25, 2009
An Art of Me: Paintings by People with Dementia
Care communities currently participating in Memories in the Making® are:
|Autumn Leaves of Arlington||Arlington|
|Autumn Leaves of Cityview||Fort Worth|
|James L. West Senior Adult Day Program||Fort Worth|
|Garden Terrace Alzheimer's Center||Fort Worth|
|Lakewood Village Healthcare Center||Fort Worth|
|The Stayton||Fort Worth|
|Trinity Terrace||Fort Worth|
|Quail Park Assisted Living||Granbury|
|The Cove at Waterview||Granbury|
|Autumn Leaves of Grapevine||Grapevine|
|Autumn Leaves of Fossil Creek||Haltom City|
|Isle at Watercrest||Mansfield|
|Clare Bridge Cottage||Richland Hills|
|Isle of Watermere||Southlake|
|Peach Tree Place||Weatherford|
Museum Programs for People with Dementia
Art Museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District offer special programs for people with dementia and there caregivers. Visit the museum websites for program descriptions and times or call for more information.
Amon Carter Museum
Sharing the Past through Art
Kimbell Art Museum
Modern Art Museum
In the Moment at the Modern
For more information about Memories in the Making, contact Lisa Buck at 817-336-4949.
Orange County Chapter